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Expansion Projects and Timeline

 

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Vision 2025
Since the spring of 2016, Link Transit has been engaging the citizens of our communities to determine what they would like their transit system to be.

They told us they want a more comprehensive transit system: one that operates earlier in the mornings, later in the evenings, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. They said they wanted more direct and faster service, service to more areas, and service that operates more frequently. They told us that the existing system is too limited to meet many of the needs of our region.

For regional economic growth, they feel public transportation has to meet the needs of tourism and service workers on the weekends, and for second and third shift workers for our medical, manufacturing and fruit industries.

They also told us we need more comprehensive service to provide access to affordable housing and to more fully meet the special needs of elderly and disabled residents.

Most importantly, they told us that these improvements were important enough for them to support a small increase in the sales tax.

What follows is our proposal to respond to these communities desires.

For results of the community survey conducted in May 2017: FINAL SURVEY REPORT UPDATE 11.17.pdf

More, Faster, Flexible and Community Scaled
This plan would be funded by a voter approved, 0.2% (2 cents on a ten dollar purchase) sales tax. The tax would be phased, with the first 0.1% being imposed upon the passage of the measure. The second 0.1% would be imposed in July of 2020. The funds generated by this tax would be 100% committed to the expansion and improvement of Link Transit services.

The revenues would be used as follows:
• Improvements to elderly and disabled services
• Extended hours (earlier and later service)
• More frequency (more buses per hour on major routes)
• Ridesharing services (vanpool, worker-driver services, innovative options)
• More Saturday service, Sunday and holiday service (Veterans Day, MLK Day, Presidents Day)
• New buses, improved stops, park and rides and associated capital expenses
• Improvements to sidewalks, paths and bike facilities serving transit

Specific Projects

Wenatchee and East Wenatchee Urban Area
• Create high frequency (15 minute) north-south services
• More direct neighborhood services with smaller vehicles
• Service options to serve 2nd and 3rd shift workers
• More Saturday service
• Provide Sunday and holiday service
• Sidewalk and stop improvements

LinkPlus Service (service for persons with disabilities)
• Extended hours of service
• Easier access low-floor buses/vans
• Easier to handle electronic fares
• Expanded same-day service

Chelan/Manson to Wenatchee
• Increase daily round trips
• Provide Sunday and holiday service
• Improved local service in Chelan/Manson area
• Develop a Chelan Transit Center/Park and Ride
• Sidewalk and stop improvements

Leavenworth to Wenatchee
• Increase daily round trips
• Reduced travel time by more direct route
• Provide Sunday and holiday service
• Construct Peshastin highway stop
• Construct highway stop at Hay Canyon/Goodwin Rd

Cashmere to Wenatchee
• Increase daily round trips
• Provide Sunday and holiday service
• Later service
• Develop Cashmere Transit Center/Park and Ride

Rock Island to East Wenatchee
• Increase daily round trips
• Later service
• Add Sunday and holiday service
• Develop Rock Island Park-n-Ride

Malaga to Wenatchee
• Increase daily round trips
• Later service
• Add Saturday, Sunday and holiday service

Waterville to Wenatchee
• Increase daily round trips
• Later service
• Add Saturday, Sunday and holiday service

All Areas
• Maintain low fares
• More direct routes – faster travel times
• Develop ridesharing options (van and bus pools, working with transportation network companies and vehicle sharing organizations)
• Implement electronic fares
• Smart phone information apps
• Real time arrival signs
• More energy and environmentally sound fleet

Phasing/Schedule
July 2018 
Extended hours on major routes
Increases to Saturday services to Chelan, Leavenworth and East Wenatchee
Leavenworth Shuttle (October)
Chelan Shuttle
More Link Plus service

January 2019
Saturday service to Waterville, Rock Island, Malaga
Electronic fares, real time information and Apps
New Ride Share options

July 2019
Sunday service
Extended hours in most areas
Basic access service till 1:00 am
Employer based Worker-Driver program
New smaller neighborhood buses

July 2020
New full sized buses on frequent routes
Higher frequency on major routes
Rock Island Park and Ride
Peshastin Highway stop
Hay Canyon Highway stop
Real time arrival signs
Transportation Network Company integration
Enhanced bus stops and Queue jumper (congestion reduction)

Post July 2020
Park and Rides in Cashmere and Chelan
Transit improvements on North Wenatchee Avenue
Upgraded stops on US 2/97, US 97A
Sidewalk and pathway improvements
Commute trip incentive programs

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